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Pierre Alechinsky

Pierre Alechinsky

Belgium • Born in: 1927

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Pierre Alechinsky was born in Brussels in 1927. From 1944 to 1948, he studied typography, photography, and printing and illustration techniques at the Ecole nationale d'architechure et des arts décoratifs de la Cambre in Brussels. In 1945, he discovered the work of Michaux, of Dubuffet, and of the Surrealists, and becomes friends with the critic and art dealer Jacques Putman. His first personal exposition took place in 1947. Then in 1949 he met Dotremont and became a member of the Cobra movement in the same year, joining artists Asger Jorn and Karel Appel; he became one of the most productive members. The movement held an importance for him as much on a personal level as an ideological one: uninhibited spontaneity in art, the rejection of pure abstraction, and a refusal to specialize.

After the dissolution of the Cobra group, whose spirit he would continue to foster (“Cobra is my school", he would say), Pierre Alechinsky moved to Paris. He finished his training as an engraver and introduced new techniques to Atelier 17, directed by Stanley William Hayter. It is during this same time beginning in 1952 that he became friends with Alberto Giacometti, Bram Van Velde, Wallace Ting, and that he began correspondence with the Japanese calligrapher Shiryu Morita de Kyoto. He progressively abandons oil painting for quicker and lore supple materials, such as ink, that allowed him freer reign over his fluid and sensitive style. Fascinated by oriental calligraphy, whose spontaneity attracted him, he undertook several trips to the Orient and in Kyoto made a documentary film on traditional Japanese art.

Beginning in the 1960s, Alechinsky began making frequent visits to New York, where he discovered a technique that suited him well – acrylic painting, introduced to him by Wallace Ting. The same year, he created his most famous work, “Central Park", with which he inaugurates painting “with notes in the margins" inspired by comic books, where the central image is surrounded by a series of hand-drawn vignettes designed to complete the sense of the painting.

Passionate about books, he illustrated poems and texts for writers including Cioran, Butor, Yves Bonnefoy, André Frénaud, Tardieu, etc, and published several works. In 1983 Alechinsky became a professor of painting at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris. Since the 1980s, the artist has pursued his graphic research across a wide variety of media. It is in this same period that he gained access to the public order (Palais Bourbon, Hall du Ministère des Finances, etc). Expositions and retrospectives recognize him internationally, museums as well as galleries welcoming his work across the world entire. He lives and works in Bougival.

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Pierre Alechinsky, Honoré, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Honoré, 1989 60 x 40 cm Print

$1,449

Pierre Alechinsky, A la verticale, Fine Art Drawings

Pierre Alechinsky

A la verticale, 2012 38 x 25 x 3 cm Fine Art Drawings

$11,809

Our recommendations Pierre Alechinsky, Tout sur le dos, Painting

Pierre Alechinsky

Tout sur le dos, 2013 60 x 60.5 x 2 cm Painting

$51,528

Pierre Alechinsky, Tribord, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Tribord, 1968 49 x 66 cm Print

$1,932

Our recommendations Pierre Alechinsky, Bouche d'eau II, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Bouche d'eau II, 1986 55.5 x 75 cm Print

$912

Our recommendations Pierre Alechinsky, Ainsi ne soit-il pas, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Ainsi ne soit-il pas, 1998 66 x 51 cm Print

$1,288

Our recommendations Pierre Alechinsky, La beauté désœuvre, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

La beauté désœuvre, 1998 66 x 51 cm Print

$1,288

Our recommendations Pierre Alechinsky, Spirale I, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Spirale I, 1970 66 x 50 x 0.1 cm Print

$859

Pierre Alechinsky, Vigie, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Vigie, 2013 34 x 27 cm Print

$590

Pierre Alechinsky, L'oreille du mur, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

L'oreille du mur, 1999 20 x 12 cm Print

$429

Pierre Alechinsky, Mots IV, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Mots IV, 2007 37 x 28 cm Print

$429

Pierre Alechinsky, Papier roulé, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Papier roulé, 1986 79 x 51.5 cm Print

$751

Pierre Alechinsky, Tardieu, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Tardieu, 1990 65 x 50 cm Print

$1,181

Pierre Alechinsky, Objet Volant I, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Objet Volant I, 1977 60 x 54 cm Print

$2,040

Pierre Alechinsky, Jours Ouvrables II, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Jours Ouvrables II, 2018 80 x 58 cm Print

$1,438

Pierre Alechinsky, Jours Ouvrables I, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Jours Ouvrables I, 2018 80 x 58 cm Print

$1,438

Pierre Alechinsky, Deuxième arrondissement de Paris, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Deuxième arrondissement de Paris, 1983 31.5 x 47.5 cm Print

$955

Our recommendations Pierre Alechinsky, Jours Ouvrables, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Jours Ouvrables, 2018 80 x 58 cm Print

$1,438

Our recommendations Pierre Alechinsky, Bouche d’eau III, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Bouche d’eau III, 1986 55.5 x 75.5 cm Print

$1,288

Pierre Alechinsky, Cigue vieilles femmes en fleurs 6/15, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Cigue vieilles femmes en fleurs 6/15, 2008 18 x 12 x 1 cm Print

$537

Our recommendations Pierre Alechinsky, Ziggourat II, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Ziggourat II, 1985 72 x 50 cm Print

$1,610

Our recommendations Pierre Alechinsky, Sans-titre, Fine Art Drawings

Pierre Alechinsky

Sans-titre, 2016 27.5 x 18.5 cm Fine Art Drawings

$3,757

Pierre Alechinsky, Mots V, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Mots V, 2007 37 x 28 cm Print

$429

Pierre Alechinsky, Mots II, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Mots II, 2007 37 x 28 cm Print

$429

Pierre Alechinsky, Astrologie poétique IV, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Astrologie poétique IV, 2018 27 x 32.5 cm Print

$698

Pierre Alechinsky, Astrologie poétique III, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Astrologie poétique III, 2018 27 x 32.5 cm Print

$698

Pierre Alechinsky, Astrologie poétique II, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Astrologie poétique II, 2018 27 x 32.5 cm Print

$698

Pierre Alechinsky, Astrologie poétique I, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Astrologie poétique I, 2018 27 x 32.5 cm Print

$698

Pierre Alechinsky, Sans-titre, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Sans-titre, 1991 19.5 x 21 cm Print

$537

Pierre Alechinsky, Vibrions N&B, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Vibrions N&B, 1990 58 x 66.5 cm Print

$1,288

Pierre Alechinsky, Ouverture et finale, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Ouverture et finale, 1989 51 x 40 cm Print

$1,718

Pierre Alechinsky, Cobra, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Cobra, 2000 34 x 27 cm Print

$429

Pierre Alechinsky, Sans l'écorce F, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Sans l'écorce F, 1990 78 x 112 cm Print

$2,254

Pierre Alechinsky, Sans l'écorce C, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Sans l'écorce C, 1990 78 x 112 x 1 cm Print

$2,254

Pierre Alechinsky, Sans l'écorce E, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Sans l'écorce E, 1990 78 x 112 x 1 cm Print

$2,254

Pierre Alechinsky, Sans l'écorce B, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Sans l'écorce B, 1990 78 x 112 x 1 cm Print

$2,254

Pierre Alechinsky, Sans l'écorce A, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Sans l'écorce A, 1990 78 x 112 x 1 cm Print

$2,254

Pierre Alechinsky, Set de Table, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Set de Table, 1991 37 x 99 cm Print

$1,181

Pierre Alechinsky, Objet Volant III, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Objet Volant III, 1977 60 x 54 cm Print

$2,040

Pierre Alechinsky, Objet Volant II, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Objet Volant II, 1977 60 x 54 cm Print

$2,040

Pierre Alechinsky, Marée Haute, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Marée Haute, 1977 76 x 55 cm Print

$3,113

Pierre Alechinsky, Découverte de l'acide I, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Découverte de l'acide I, 1968 53 x 74 cm Print

$3,113

Pierre Alechinsky, Zyggourat I, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Zyggourat I, 1986 76 x 56 cm Print

$1,449

Pierre Alechinsky, Découverte de l'acide II, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Découverte de l'acide II, 1968 53 x 74 cm Print

$3,113

Pierre Alechinsky, Sans titre, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Sans titre, 1978 32 x 23.5 cm Print

$1,610

Pierre Alechinsky, Sans titre, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Sans titre, 2001 50 x 66 cm Print

$1,718

Pierre Alechinsky, Hors Normes, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Hors Normes, 2005 50 x 38 cm Print

$1,610

Pierre Alechinsky, Vibrions, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Vibrions, 1990 59 x 76 cm Print

$1,288

Pierre Alechinsky, Jours Ouvrables V, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Jours Ouvrables V, 2018 80 x 58 cm Print

$1,438

Pierre Alechinsky, Jours Ouvrables IV, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Jours Ouvrables IV, 2018 80 x 58 cm Print

$1,438

Pierre Alechinsky, Deux, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Deux, 1988 64.5 x 47 cm Print

$1,396

Pierre Alechinsky, Dix-neuvième arrondissement de Paris, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Dix-neuvième arrondissement de Paris, 1983 31.5 x 47.5 cm Print

$955

Pierre Alechinsky, Dix-septième arrondissement de Paris, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Dix-septième arrondissement de Paris, 1983 31.5 x 47.5 cm Print

$955

Pierre Alechinsky, Seizième arrondissement Nord, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Seizième arrondissement Nord, 1983 31.5 x 47.5 cm Print

$955

Pierre Alechinsky, Quinzième arrondissement de Paris, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Quinzième arrondissement de Paris, 1983 31.5 x 47.5 cm Print

$955

Pierre Alechinsky, Quatorzième arrondissement de Paris, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Quatorzième arrondissement de Paris, 1983 31.5 x 47.5 cm Print

$955

Pierre Alechinsky, Douzième arrondissement de Paris, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Douzième arrondissement de Paris, 1983 31.5 x 47.5 cm Print

$955

Pierre Alechinsky, Onzième arrondissement de Paris, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Onzième arrondissement de Paris, 1983 31.5 x 47.5 cm Print

$955

Pierre Alechinsky, Dixième arrondissement de Paris, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Dixième arrondissement de Paris, 1983 31.5 x 47.5 cm Print

$955

Pierre Alechinsky, Neuvième arrondissement de Paris, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Neuvième arrondissement de Paris, 1983 31.5 x 47.5 cm Print

$955

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Who is the artist?

Pierre Alechinsky was born in Brussels in 1927. From 1944 to 1948, he studied typography, photography, and printing and illustration techniques at the Ecole nationale d'architechure et des arts décoratifs de la Cambre in Brussels. In 1945, he discovered the work of Michaux, of Dubuffet, and of the Surrealists, and becomes friends with the critic and art dealer Jacques Putman. His first personal exposition took place in 1947. Then in 1949 he met Dotremont and became a member of the Cobra movement in the same year, joining artists Asger Jorn and Karel Appel; he became one of the most productive members. The movement held an importance for him as much on a personal level as an ideological one: uninhibited spontaneity in art, the rejection of pure abstraction, and a refusal to specialize.

After the dissolution of the Cobra group, whose spirit he would continue to foster (“Cobra is my school", he would say), Pierre Alechinsky moved to Paris. He finished his training as an engraver and introduced new techniques to Atelier 17, directed by Stanley William Hayter. It is during this same time beginning in 1952 that he became friends with Alberto Giacometti, Bram Van Velde, Wallace Ting, and that he began correspondence with the Japanese calligrapher Shiryu Morita de Kyoto. He progressively abandons oil painting for quicker and lore supple materials, such as ink, that allowed him freer reign over his fluid and sensitive style. Fascinated by oriental calligraphy, whose spontaneity attracted him, he undertook several trips to the Orient and in Kyoto made a documentary film on traditional Japanese art.

Beginning in the 1960s, Alechinsky began making frequent visits to New York, where he discovered a technique that suited him well – acrylic painting, introduced to him by Wallace Ting. The same year, he created his most famous work, “Central Park", with which he inaugurates painting “with notes in the margins" inspired by comic books, where the central image is surrounded by a series of hand-drawn vignettes designed to complete the sense of the painting.

Passionate about books, he illustrated poems and texts for writers including Cioran, Butor, Yves Bonnefoy, André Frénaud, Tardieu, etc, and published several works. In 1983 Alechinsky became a professor of painting at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris. Since the 1980s, the artist has pursued his graphic research across a wide variety of media. It is in this same period that he gained access to the public order (Palais Bourbon, Hall du Ministère des Finances, etc). Expositions and retrospectives recognize him internationally, museums as well as galleries welcoming his work across the world entire. He lives and works in Bougival.

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What is Pierre Alechinsky’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Experimental Painters, Famous Illustrators, Classically-Inspired Illustrative Artists

When was Pierre Alechinsky born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1927